Bowser

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Bowser
DeveloperShigeru Miyamoto
PublisherAs noted below
SystemsAs noted below
Released1985-present (video games)
Added to
museum
As noted below

Bowser, also known as King Koopa (王クッパ, Ō Kuppa), is a character that is part of a multimedia series consisting of video games, films, television shows, comics, and music.

He primarily appears as the recurring villain of the Super Mario series.

Bowser is also a playable character in most games of the Mario Kart series, in most games of the Mario sports series, and in most games in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Fictional character biography

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Bowser, King of the Koopa, rules over the Koopa troops in his castle.

He often kidnaps Princess Peach from her castle in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Mario, and sometimes his twin brother Luigi, defeats him and rescues the princess every time.

Video games wherein Bowser is a playable character

Title Developer System Release Added to museum Notes
Super Mario Kart Nintendo EAD SNES 1992 Wii: February 10, 2010
SF Mini: October 31, 2017
Bowser is one of the racers.
Mario Kart 64 Nintendo EAD Nintendo 64 1996 Wii: October 1, 2010 Bowser is one of the racers.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Nintendo EAD SNES 1996 Wii: October 1, 2010 Bowser joins Mario's team to get his castle back from Smithy.
Mario Golf Camelot Software Planning Nintendo 64 1999 Not yet Bowser is one of the golfers.
Mario Golf Camelot Software Planning Game Boy Color 1999 Not yet Bowser is one of the golfers, after linking with the Nintendo 64 game of the same name.
Mario Tennis Camelot Software Planning Nintendo 64
Game Boy Advance
2000 Not yet Bowser is one of the tennis players.
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Nintendo EAD Game Boy Advance 2001 Not yet Bowser is one of the racers.
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Camelot Software Planning GameCube 2003 Not yet Bowser is one of the golfers.
Mario Kart: Double Dash Nintendo EAD GameCube 2003 Not yet Bowser is one of the racers.
Mario Golf: Advance Tour Camelot Software Planning Game Boy Advance 2004 Not yet Bowser is an unlockable golfer.
Mario Power Tennis Camelot Software Planning GameCube 2004 Not yet Bowser is one of the tennis players.
Mario Kart Arcade GP Namco Triforce arcade 2005 Not yet Bowser is one of the racers.
Mario Kart DS Nintendo EAD Nintendo DS 2005 Not yet Bowser is one of the racers.
Mario Superstar Baseball Namco Nintendo 64 2005 Not yet Bowser is one of the baseball players.
Mario Tennis: Power Tour Camelot Software Planning Game Boy Advance 2005 Not yet Bowser is one of the tennis players.
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 Square Enix Nintendo DS 2006 Not yet Bowser is an unlockable basketball player.
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Namco Bandai Triforce arcade 2007 Not yet Bowser is one of the racers.
Mario Strikers Charged Next Level Games Wii 2007 Not yet Bowser is one of the soccer captains.
Mario Kart Wii Nintendo EAD Wii 2008 Not yet Bowser is one of the racers.
Mario Superstar Baseball Namco Bandai Games Wii 2008 Not yet Bowser is one of the baseball players.
Mario Sports Superstars Square Enix Wii 2010 Not yet Bowser is one of the players.
Mario Kart 7 Nintendo EAD
Retro Studios
Nintendo 3DS 2011 Not yet Bowser is one of the racers.
Mario Tennis Open Camelot Software Planning Nintendo 3DS 2012 Not yet Bowser is one of the tennis players.
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Namco Bandai System ES3 arcade 2013 Not yet Bowser is one of the racers.
Mario Golf: World Tour Camelot Software Planning Nintendo 64 2014 Not yet Bowser is one of the golfers.
Mario Kart 8 Nintendo EAD
Nintendo EPD
Wii U
Switch
2014
2017
Switch: July 29, 2017 Bowser is one of the racers.
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Camelot Software Planning Wii U 2015 Not yet Bowser is one of the tennis players.
Super Mario Maker Nintendo EAD Wii U 2015 Not yet Bowser can be played in user-created levels via a mystery mushroom.
Mario Sports Superstars Bandai Namco Studios
Camelot Software Planning
Nintendo 3DS 2017 Not yet Bowser is one of the players.
Mario Tennis Aces Camelot Software Planning Switch 2018 Not yet Bowser is one of the tennis players.
Mario Kart Tour Nintendo EPD
DeNA
Android iOS 2019 Android: September 25, 2019 Bowser is one of the racers.

Video games wherein Bowser is a non-playable character

Title Developer System Release Added to museum Notes
Super Mario Bros. Nintendo R&D4 NES
Arcade
FDS
GBA
Wii
Wii U
3DS
FC Mini
NES CE
1985
1985
1986
2004
2006
2012
2013
2016
2016
GC: January 20, 2003
Wii: January 20, 2012
NES CE: August 10, 2017
FC Mini: August 10, 2017
SNES: December 19, 2018
Mario and Luigi rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
VS. Super Mario Bros. Nintendo R&D4 Arcade
Switch
1986
2017
Switch: January 3, 2018 Mario and Luigi rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Nintendo R&D4 FDS
GBA
Wii
3DS
Wii U
1986
2004
2007
2012
2013
Wii: January 20, 2012
SNES: December 19, 2018
Mario and Luigi rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. Nintendo R&D4 FDS 1986 Not yet Mario and Luigi rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
Super Mario Bros. Special Hudson Soft NEC PC-8800 series
Sharp X1
SPC-1500
1986
1986
1986
Not yet Mario rescues Princess Peach from Bowser.
Super Mario Bros. Nintendo R&D1 G&W Crystal
Special
Widescreen
1986
1987
1988
Not yet Mario rescues Princess Peach from Bowser.
Super Mario Bros. 3 Nintendo R&D4 Nintendo Entertainment System 1988 GC: January 20, 2003
Wii: January 20, 2012
NES CE: August 10, 2017
FC Mini: August 10, 2017
SNES: December 19, 2018
Mario and Luigi rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
Super Mario World Nintendo EAD Super Nintendo Entertainment System 1990 SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES Classic: March 16, 2018
Mario and Luigi rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 DS
Nintendo EAD Nintendo 64
Nintendo DS
1996
2004
Wii (64): April 1, 2011 Mario (plus Yoshi, Luigi, and Wario in the DS remake) rescues Princess Peach from Bowser.
Super Mario Sunshine Nintendo EAD GameCube 2002 Not yet Mario rescues Princess Peach from Bowser.
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix Konami
Hudson Soft
GameCube 2005 Not yet Mario and Luigi dance to get the music keys back from Bowser.
Super Mario Strikers Next Level Games GameCube 2005 Not yet Bowser builds robots to play against the soccer players once they reach his castle.
New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo EAD Nintendo DS 2006 Not yet Mario and Luigi rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
Super Mario Galaxy Nintendo EAD Wii 2007 Not yet Mario and Luigi rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Nintendo EAD Wii 2009 Not yet Mario and Luigi rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 Nintendo EAD Wii 2010 Not yet Mario and Luigi rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
Super Mario 3D Land Nintendo EAD Nintendo 3DS 2011 Not yet Mario and Luigi rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
Super Princess Peach Tose Nintendo DS 2011 Not yet Princess Peach rescues Mario and Luigi from Bowser.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 Nintendo EAD Nintendo 3DS 2012 Not yet Mario and Luigi rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
New Super Mario Bros. U Nintendo EAD Wii U 2012 Not yet Mario and Luigi rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
Super Mario 3D World Nintendo EAD Wii U 2013 November 20, 2017 Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Rosalina rescue Sprixies from Bowser.
Super Mario Run Nintendo EPD iOS
Android
2016
2017
iOS (full game): March 31, 2017 Mario, Luigi, and their friends rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
Mario Kart Arcade GP VR Bandai Namco Windows Vive arcade 2017 Not yet Bowser races against the playable racers, Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Peach.
Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo EPD Switch 2017 November 11, 2017 Mario and Luigi rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
Super Mario Bros. 35 Nintendo Switch 2020 October 1, 2020 Bowser appears as an enemy.